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Marie C. Boyd
Age: 36
Occupation: Assistant
professor at the University
Meet this of South Carolina School of
years class Family: Husband, Jaime
Harrison; son, William;
of 20 rising parents, Harvey and Sher-
ryl; and brother, Nathan
professional Education: Harvard, A.B.
in chemistry; Yale Law

stars INSIDE
School, J.D.
Community and profes-
sional highlights: On the
hey come from all walks PAGE 3 board of directors of South

Robert Davis
of life, and they serve Carolina Humanities; pre-
others in a multitude of PAGE 4 viously on the board of
ways. Meghan Hickman directors of the Palmetto
Emily Long
The twenty members of our 20 Health Foundation and the
under 40 for 2017 are educators, PAGE 5 South Carolina HIV/AIDS
lawyers, bankers, public servants Trevor A. Knox Council; vice chair of the
and the owners of small busi- PAGE 6 Academic Programs Com-
nesses. They love living in the Amanda W. Koehler mittee of the Food and
Midlands, and strive to make our PAGE 7 Drug Law Institute; her
community even better. Marshall Minton arts and crafts have been
Each year, The State Media Co. featured on several web-
PAGE 8 TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com
recognizes 20 people under the Chad Dowdy sites, including Elle Decor,
age of 40 who are making a dif- Camillia Powell Huffington Post and Buzz- left the program knowing world from a new and
ference in our community. The Feed. that I wanted to go to law kinder perspective.
class was selected last fall by Ginny Haynes I like living in the Mid- school. As a summer asso- The best advice I re-
staffers at The State from more lands because: At the Uni- ciate at a Washington, ceived from a mentor: My
than 70 nominations submitted by PAGE 10 versity of South Carolina D.C., law firm I volun- parents unspoken example
Dr. Aubrey L. Sejuit
readers. The 20 will be honored Marquis Solomon
School of Law, I have teered to work on an as- of how they are living their
this week at a reception at the found engaged students signment in food and drug lives has been more pow-
Capital City Club. PAGE 11 and a strong community of law, an area of the law that erful than any spoken
Members of the class are fea- Raven Gambrell
scholars and teachers. I I had had no exposure to advice I have received.
tured throughout this special PAGE 12 also have had the opportu- previously. Learning about They have shown me
section. I believe you will be Akil E. Ross Sr. nity to serve several organ- how the Food and Drug through their example the
touched by the challenges several Michael H. Weaver izations that are doing Administration regulates power of family, educa-
of them overcame to become PAGE 13 great work to improve and new drugs sparked my tion, community, service
leaders at work, in local agencies, Micah Kurtz enrich the quality of life of interest in food and drug and perseverance.
and in their communities. You PAGE 14 all South Carolinians. law and led to me to return Why is it important for
will be impressed by each per- Chappell Wilson My life changed when: to the firm as an associate you to give back to the
sons commitment to serving Tanya T. Wilson My life changed when I did in the firms food and drug community?: Service to
co-workers, customers, the less PAGE 15 the Kaiser Family Founda- law practice group. Al- others is my way of saying
fortunate among us, and many Kayla Gupton tions Barbara Jordan Con- though I no longer prac- thank you. The educational
others. PAGE 16
gressional Scholars Pro- tice, food and drug law is a opportunities that I have
They are impressive people who Ralph Laffitte gram. Prior to my partici- central focus of my teach- had throughout my life have
will help lead our community for pation in that program, I ing and scholarship today. opened many doors for me
years to come. I think youll agree had thought that I wanted It impacts our lives in of- and I want others to have
Columbia and the Midlands are in Bios compiled by:
to be a physician, and I had ten-unseen ways. access to similar opportuni-
good hands. spent several summers My life further changed ties. While living in Colum-
Paul Osmundson
Were honored to recognize working in biology and when I met my husband, bia, my community service
them. Photographs by: biotechnology labs. The Jaime. He is one of my efforts have centered on
PAUL OSMUNDSON, Tracy Glantz and program gave me the op- biggest champions and improving the health of
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Tim Dominick portunity to intern for a fabulous father to our son, others and working to en-
United States Senate com- William. I would not be sure that all communities
mittee and meet profes- where I am today without have the opportunity to
sionals working on a varie- Jaimes support. William engage with and benefit
ty of health policy issues. I has helped me see the from the humanities.
SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 3D

Robert Joseph Davis

Age: 32 was an undergrad at USC, to point out what was people won't feel insecure
Occupation: Research Columbia felt like no wrong but never willing to around you.
analyst, S.C. Department more than the campus and fix it. My wife has an in- You are described as a
of Commerce, research a few bars and restau- satiable desire to help patient, focused leader.
division rants. Now a decade later, correct the wrongs of the How did you develop
Family: Wife, Rebecca I often find myself world, and she has in- those skills? My father
Haynes amazed by the powerful spired me every day to not taught me to slow down
Education: Bachelors in changes that have been demand change, but be and focus on the details.
business administration, brought to our region and the change. The best example I can
University of South Car- what it means to the citi- The best advice I re- give of this education can
olina; Master of Business zens. Living in Earlewood, ceived from a mentor: I be found in the long sum-
Administration from USC I have seen empty houses wish I could remember mer days mowing our
Community and profes- renovated and become who showed me the poem yard. In my effort to expe-
sional highlights: Treasur- homes to young families. I Our Deepest Fear by dite the process, I would
er, NOMA Bark Park; have seen dilapidated Marianne Williamson, but push the lawnmower as
Reading Buddy at Bradley buildings become busi- there are two parts that fast as it could go and,
Elementary; former nesses leading North Main resonate with me every inevitably, I would miss a
Grants Chair, Earlewood Street revitalization efforts day. Our deepest fear is few patches of grass.
Community Citizens Or- like Vino Garage and the not that we are inade- My father would not yell
ganization; former chair of War Mouth. quate. Our deepest fear is or say a harsh word about
Earlewood Big Flea My life changed when: I that we are powerful be- my sloppy work. He would
Fundraiser; former secre- know this may seem cli- yond measureYour play- simply walk over to the TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

tary, Midlands Interna- ch, but when I met my ing small does not serve missed patch of grass and stroking his chin in faux fixed my mistake that he
tional Trade Association. wife. Before I met her, I the world. There is noth- proceed to put on quite confusion until I realized would crack a knowing
I like living in the Mid- was apathetic to the world ing enlightened about the show. Measuring the what I had done. It wasnt grin and tell me to focus
lands because: When I around me. I was the one shrinking so that other grass with his finger and until I came back and on my work.

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4D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Meghan Hickman
Age: 32 being anywhere else right bia Regional Business Re- ties Columbia has created
Occupation: Partner and now, and Im so proud of port, 2014 Influential Wo- for us ever since.
chief operating officer of the journey that brought me men in Business. The best advice I re-
Sagacious Partners, a South here, including: Strata- I like living in the Mid- ceived from a mentor: The
Carolina-based consulting comm, a Fleishman-Hillard lands because: I truly be- ever-quotable John Lump-
firm, and executive director Company, senior account lieve that this region is on kin once told me that every
for Sagacious Partners executive; Office of Sen. the cusp of growth and day we get the choice to do
longest-standing client, Lindsey Graham, press change like weve never right things or do things
EngenuitySC. secretary; Lindsey Graham seen. Theres momentum right. Its a subtle, but sub-
Family: Husband, Wes for Senate, deputy finance building from leaders who stantial, difference - a com-
Hickman director; Girl Scouts of know we can do better and pass I turn to often.
Education: USC Honors South Carolina Mountains next-gen believers commit- What is the mission of
College, Bachelor of Arts in to Midlands board member; ted to making it happen. We EngenuitySC?: EngenuitySC
Public Relations Greater Columbia Chamber have an opportunity to dis- is an economic develop-
Community and profes- of Commerce board mem- rupt what has been and ment non-profit focused on
sional highlights: Serving as ber; USC School of Journal- shape what can be, and the enhancing the Midlands
the executive director of ism and Mass Communi- timing is perfect for folks competitiveness and pros-
EngenuitySC is the greatest cations, 2016 Outstanding like me to have real impact. perity. Our sweet spot is
job I never knew I wanted. Young Alumni Award; My life changed when: managing regional collab-
Every day I get to work with Charlotte Business Journal My husband took a job at orations between business,
ridiculously talented people, Energy Inc. Summit, 2015 my alma mater, USC, and government, education and
a visionary board and col- Emerging Leader Award; gave me a great excuse to community leaders that will
laborative leaders focused Columbia Business Month- come back home to S.C. ultimately make the Mid-
on shaping the future of the ly, 2014, 2015 50 Most Our lives have been forever lands more competitive and
Midlands. I cant imagine Influential People; Colum- changed by the opportuni- prosperous.
TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

Emily Long
Age: 39 which was to raise enough years. My fianc passed through these interrup-
Occupation: Director of money to buy additional away in February 2012. I tions. I certainly have a
Handshakes and Hugs, Down- 3-D digital mammography needed to hit pause on my different perspective on
town Church. A good part of units for the Breast Center life, so after much prayerful life. It is what it is.
my week is focused on sermon at Baptist. But what made thought, I decided to take a The best advice I re-
research, but I spend the ma- me the most proud was the leap of faith and leave my ceived from a mentor:
jority of my time on congrega- number of participants - fast- paced, high-paying job Some things are up to us,
tional and community care. over 7,000 - who showed so I could have some time and some things are not up
Family: Supportive parents, up that morning. for myself. I rested. I trav- to us. Epictetus. Over
two brothers who I also call I like living in the Mid- eled to Ethiopia. I re- the years, this stoic philos-
friends, their wives that are lands because: With the charged. And ultimately ophers words have helped
more like my sisters, four exception of the extreme that leap of faith led me to me determine when I need
nephews and a niece. summer heat, theres a lot working at my church. Life to rely on my faith and
Education: Wofford College, to love: the locally owned certainly doesnt always go when to push myself a
B.A. in Finance restaurants and bars, bou- the way you script it. And little harder.
Community and profession- tique shopping, City Roots good thing I learned that Whats the most impor-
al highlights: Of all my proud Farm to Table, Soda City, lesson because two years tant lesson you learned on
moments, the one that ranks Riverbanks Zoo, the Game- later, at the age of 36, I was your mission trips to Eth-
at the top was when Palmetto cocks. I was born and raised diagnosed with breast can- iopia?: The art of negotiat-
Health Foundation asked me in Columbia, so the Mid- cer. Needless to say that ing. Everything is nego-
to be the Featured Breast lands will always be home wasnt part of my plan, tiable in Ethiopia. Cab
Cancer Survivor and to chair to me. either. But, somehow Ive fares. Food. Lodging. Mer-
its 2016 Walk for Life and My life changed when: found a way to put one foot chandise. I have a hard
Famously Hot Pink Half Mara- Ive had a couple of in- in front of the other. Ad- time paying full price for
thon. There is the obvious convenient interruptions in mittedly, Ive surprised even anything without at least
tdominick@thestate.com pride of meeting our goal, my life over the last several myself as I've worked trying to negotiate.
SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 5D

Trevor A. Knox
Age: 33 Board; serving the em- the value of listening and care. I am thankful for and
Occupation: Vice presi- ployees of Terminix Serv- understanding others first. love my dad.
dent of sales and market- ice Inc. That people want to be You organized F3 Fri-
ing for Terminix Service I like living in the Mid- seen, heard and under- days. What is that pro-
Inc. lands because: I like living stood, and people dont gram and what are its
Family: Parents, Cathy in the Midlands because it care until they know how benefits?: Too many kids
and Lex Knox; siblings, is home. It gives me the much you care about find themselves abused
Alex, Ashley, Tristan opportunity and the peo- them. My life changes and neglected by adults
(brother-in-law); nieces, ple to discover who I am every day when I take and ultimately going
Rosie and Junie and live up to a legacy that time to first start with through foster care. The
Education: Hammond has been built before me. God, then challenge my- challenge is to find a good
School 2001, Bachelor of Through my family, the self to serve others. home that results in the
Science in Management, employees of Terminix The best advice I re- kids experiencing personal
University of South Car- Service, the men of F3, the ceived from a mentor: growth and regaining trust
olina; Master of Business kids of Palmetto Place or Control your emotions. in adults. Fortunately,
Administration, USC the leadership at the Unit- Its not your aptitude but Palmetto Place is such a
Community and profes- ed Way of the Midlands, I your attitude that deter- place. The mission of F3 is
sional highlights: Lead- have been surrounded by mines your altitude. The to plant, grow and serve
ership SC; Palmetto Place community that has given most successful people do small workout groups for
Childrens Shelter, Capital me plenty of opportunity things that they dont have the invigoration of male
Campaign and Board of to serve others. to do. Your minimum community leadership.
Directors; Education My life changed when: performance is the maxi- The result was a weekly TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com
Council and Young Leader My life changed when I mum you can expect from Friday afternoon light
Society of the United Way learned that the story is others. People dont care workout" with the kids of ended with games of tag, being dads to displaced
of the Midlands; Moore not about me. My life how much you know until Palmetto Place and the laughter and fun. The kids, and allowing the kids
School Young Alumni changed when I realized they know how much you men of F3 that mostly benefits were grown men to be loved and find trust.


We salute your leadership, enthusiasm and
passionate commitment to care for those around
you. Your recognition as one of The States 20
Under 40 is well deserved.

From Terminix Service, Inc. and your friends at

Capital Software and The Organizer Plus Company
Trevor A. Knox
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Terminix Service, Inc.
6D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Amanda W. Koehler
Age: 36 endeavors to show the out my career have provid- Midlands has a quality
Occupation: Chief fi- gratitude for all the people ed an example of how to place to live. Growth in the
nancial officer/CPA at who have put their trust be honest and hardwork- Midlands can push up
Turner Padget Graham and confidence in me. ing. Those experiences apartment and home pric-
and Laney PA I like living in the Mid- shaped the values I try to ing outside of affordable
Family: Husband, Billy lands because: Any place is exhibit today. ranges for many people
Koehler; son, Henry Koeh- only as good as its people, The best advice I re- who make our city run. The
ler, 3. and the Midlands is a com- ceived from a mentor: program seeks to provide
Education: B.S. in Busi- munity of great people. My Everyone deserves your financing to create affor-
ness Administration from friends and family are respect. When I moved to dable housing to qualified,
the University of South here, and I love seeing our Columbia and began work- hard-working individuals
Carolina and Masters of neighbors strive to improve ing with Governor Hodges, and families. Throughout
Accountancy from the and grow our area. Every- my dad told me to always my life, I have been blessed
University of South Car- one is doing so much that treat the person sweeping with more helping hands
olina it pushes you to also have a the floors with the same and assistance than I can
Community and profes- positive impact. respect you do the gover- possibly count or repay and
sional highlights: Profes- My life changed when: I nor. would love to give back to
sional and community started working. Mobley What do you try to ac- make sure others have the
highlights for me have Drug Store in Lancaster complish through your same opportunities. It is
been being promoted by was the first of several work with the Midlands about paying it forward to
individuals I respect and places where God gave me Housing Trust Fund? I show respect to the leaders
feeling the confidence they the opportunity to work would like to assist in pro- who helped me and helping
have in me. I hope to work with great mentors. These viding affordable housing future leaders have what
hard enough in all my people I have met through- so that everyone in the they need.
TIM DOMINICK tdominick@thestate.com

Amanda Koehler, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
Turner | Padget
SCACPA Member Since 2007

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SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 7D

Marshall Minton
Age: 31 Transactions Group. League and Chair of the with God and the power
Occupation: Tax, estate Member of the Richland Public Affairs Team. and wonder of prayer. I
planning, and business County Bar Association, Member of the Leadership was frustrated that I had
transactions attorney at South Carolina Women Columbia Class of 2013 made the grades and got
Turner Padget Graham & Lawyers Association, Co- and serves as chair-elect the degrees, but was con-
Laney lumbia Estate Planning of the Leadership Colum- stantly being rejected
Family: Husband, Zach Council, Columbia Tax bia Advisory Board. when it came to actually
Minton; parents, Dick Study Group, Elder Law I like living in the Mid- getting a job. But a family
Tinsley and Roxanna Committee, and member lands because: There are friend urged me to attend
Tinsley. of the Probate Council of so many opportunities for their church. The church
Education: Bachelors in the South Carolina Bar. everyone in our communi- service I attended moved
Financial Management Former Girls on the Run ty. Whether it is the sup- me back to that relation-
from Clemson University; Coach, and reading tutor port that our community ship with God.
law degree from the USC with the Midlands Read- provides to those that are The best advice I re-
School of Law and Mas- ing Consortium through down on their luck, or the ceived from a mentor: To
ters in Taxation from the the United Way. Current- thriving arts community be balanced. This came
University of Florida. ly, serves as chair of the that provides an outlet for from my mother. She
Community and profes- Junior Achievement of those to express them- always taught me that the
sional highlights: Ad- Greater South Carolina selves artistically. most important thing a
mitted to the Bar in No- Young Professionals Aux- My life changed when: I person can have is balance
TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com
vember 2010. Former iliary and also serves as a experienced a brief period in their life.
counsel for litigation at Junior Achievement vol- of unemployment after What is Elder Law mote the awareness of term care, Medicaid and
the S.C. Department of unteer in the classroom. graduating from tax month, and why is it im- elder law. As we age, there Medicare planning, Social
Revenue. Joined Turner Vice chair of the Midlands school and trying to find portant? The South Car- are a whole new set of Security, estate planning,
Padget in 2014 as an asso- Cinderella Project. Active my first legal job. During olina Bar has several activ- issues we must face. health care directives and
ciate for the Business member of the Junior that time, I reconnected ities during May to pro- These issues include long- nursing home care.

to Amanda Koehler and
Marshall Minton
on their selection as Midlands young leaders in
The States 20 Under 40
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8D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Chad Dowdy
Age: 35 Boys and Girls Club of the I love living here because The best advice I re-
Occupation: Managing Midlands board member, the Midlands embodies ceived from a mentor:
director/wealth manage- 2009-present; Million these same values, while The best day to plant a
ment advisor, Northwest- Dollar Round Table (in- also having opportunities tree was 20 years ago. The
ern Mutual-Columbia dustry production achieve- that are unique to a cap- second best time is now.
Family: Married to Lau- ment), 2009-present ital city. The lasting Charlton Griner, refer-
ren K. Dowdy; children: From his nomination: relationships my family encing a Chinese proverb
Charlie, 3, and Kate, 1 His professional success is has built here with our You volunteer with sev-
Education: Bachelor of matched by his desire to friends, clients and col- eral local organizations.
Science from the Uni- enrich the community, leagues allow us to see Why is that important?: I
versity of South Carolina, build the careers of those these values lived out in have lived in Columbia for
2004; CFP, CLU, ChFC he employs and develop our day-to-day life. the past 15 years and it
Community and profes- our Midlands community My life changed when: continues to grow and
sional highlights: Top to its potential. The day I met Lauren become better each year. I
intern, 2003 Time maga- I like living in the Mid- King. Lauren has be- believe that you are where
zine feature; Leadership lands because: I grew up come my wife, the moth- you are, because of where
Columbia Class of 2006; in Barnwell, and I appre- er of my children, and you are. So, I work every
appointed youngest man- ciate the small town values my business partner. I day to make sure that I
aging director with North- of community, faith and am truly blessed to have leave this community
western Mutual, 2007; family that I was raised on. her. better than I found it.
TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

Camillia Yvette Powell

Age: 38 relations committee, Amer- nurtured, and equipped end date that we do not
Occupation: Supervisor ican Business Womens with the tools and re- know. In the interim, I will
of Operations, Simulation Association; academy sources to make a differ- fully use all the days to
& Clinical Skills, Palmetto member, USC Alumni As- ence in the community and show forth my appreciation
Health sociation Board of Gover- in my profession. The Mid- to God for my complete
Family: It has been said nors; vice chair, United lands offers economic di- restoration that has made
that family is the basic Way Health Council; mem- versity. I enjoy our sophisti- me fearless and unstop-
building block of society, ber, United Way Communi- cation and culture that can pable in the pursuit of my
and I fully agree. My family ty Impact Council; mem- be experienced through the personal and professional
is my foundation. ber, Women in Philanthro- S.C. Philharmonic, Colum- endeavors.
Education: py; member, National Asso- bia Museum of Art, S.C. The best advice I re-
Bachelor of Arts in Jour- ciation of Health Care State Museum, theatrical ceived from a mentor: Most
nalism and Mass Commu- Services Executives; mem- productions of plays and of us have heard the phrase
nications-Public Relations, ber, Palmetto Health - USC musicals, and the talented "you have a heart of gold"
USC, 2003; Associate in School of Medicine Sim- performances of our won- and in fact, this is true.
Management, The Insti- ulation Center Advisory derful ballet and dance There are trace amounts of
tutes, 2007; Master of Busi- Council; mentor, Institute companies. gold in every human body,
ness Administration, Web- for Leadership & Profes- My life changed when: At 0.2 mg to be exact. Gold is
ster University, 2013; Six sional Excellence, Colum- age 21, I was diagnosed in our bone and our blood.
Sigma Lean Professional, bia College; volunteer, with a normally fatal dis- The highest concentration
2016; Lean Six Sigma Volunteer Income Tax ease that resulted in a ma- of gold, however, is in our
White Belt, 2016; Change Assistance program, The jor organ beginning to fail. heart; but only a few of us
Management Specialist, Cooperative Ministry; vol- Seven years later, God will ever develop the
2016 unteer, Grant Programs healed my body. Since that strength to dig it out. Strive
Community and profes- Evaluator, United Way; time, no one not even to discover the gift of gold
sional highlights: volunteer, City of Columbia myself on a bad day can that is within you! Dr.
Present: Board of direc- Emergency Winter Shelter; tell me that I was not put James R. Samuel
tors and finance commit- Blueprint for Leadership here for a purpose. I Whats the biggest lesson
tee, South Carolina Coali- Graduate. learned at a young age youve learned during your
tion Against Domestic I like living in the Mid- through this illness and my travels to other countries?:
Violence and Sexual As- lands because: The Uni- brother being murdered "We are more alike, my
sault; executive board versity of South Carolina, when I was 17 that life is a friends, than we are un-
member and chair of public where I was welcomed, gift, a precious one with an alike." Maya Angelou TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com
SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 9D

Ginny Skinner Haynes

Age: 37 professional highlights, I had my first of eight mis- make sure that everything
Occupation: Dance was blessed to have been carriages back in 2008. I do with them and for
teacher and Dazzlers named Teacher of the My husband and I lost a them is in the best interest
Dance Team coach at Year at the best high total of eight babies within of being a respectable,
Dutch Fork High School school in the state, Dutch six miscarriages. I was smart, strong and loving
Family: Husband, Hal Fork High School. I was used to being so prepared Christian man. Being a
Haynes; two sons, Brax- also very honored to be and planning everything high school teacher and
ton, 6; Dawson, 4 awarded the Outstanding perfectly but little did I volunteer Awana and
Education: Bachelor of Young Alumnae award know that I wasnt in con- Vacation Bible School
Fine Arts in Dance Per- from Columbia College in trol but my God was. It teacher for church, I have
formance and Choreog- 2014. Last but not least, I was a hard lesson to learn the opportunity to impact
raphy from Columbia was honored and blessed and understand but it so many young people and
College; Master of Fine to be named South Car- taught me that Gods hopefully help them to
Arts in Dance Perform- olinas Dance Educator of timing is the perfect tim- become better citizens for
ance and Choreography the year back in 2011. ing and Gods plan is the our world.
from the University of I like living in the Mid- only plan, and that be- How do high school
North Carolina at Greens- lands because: I love all of cause of him I have all students benefit from the
boro; a Principal Certifica- the opportunities the Mid- that I have. arts?: High school arts can
tion K-12 from Lamar lands has to offer me and The best advice I re- benefit students on many
University. my family. From fun, ceived from a mentor: levels. I feel that I teach
Community and profes- family activities to a cen- What you do makes a more than just dance steps
sional highlights: One of tral location to gather with difference, and you have and styles. I teach about
the biggest highlights for other professionals, it to decide what kind of body image, confidence, TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

me is when former stu- allows for great opportuni- difference you want to teamwork, respect, sup- French terminology, writ- portunities I am also
dents take time to come ties. make, by Jane Goodall. I port and hard work while ing and communication. teaching passion, dedica-
back and see me. For my My life changed when: I have two sons so I want to also teaching history, Through all of these op- tion and determination.


Chad Dowdy is pleased to represent the young leaders of our great state. Congratulations
Partnerships like this make our community a better place to live and work.
to Dutch Fork
High Schools
Mrs. Haynes for
this special
Chad Dowdy, CFP, ChFC, CLU
Managing Director
1901 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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10D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Dr. Aubrey L. Sejuit

Age: 34 Community and profes- people I have met in Why is your work with
Occupation: Assistant sional highlights: South Carolina my col- military veterans so impor-
professor of counseling WJB Dorn VA Medical leagues, mentors, and tant to you? Before I was
and counseling program Center Mental Health friends. old enough to drink, I was
coordinator for Lenoir- Veterans Advisory Coun- My life changed when: I sent to Baghdad, Iraq, in
Rhyne University's Cen- cil, MHVAC, Board Mem- came to South Carolina. support of Operation Iraqi
ter for Graduate Studies ber; Junior League of My first introduction to Freedom as an intelligence
of Columbia Columbia, member; Phi Columbia was between analyst. My husband served
Family: Husband, Mat- Mu Fraternity-Lambda my junior and senior with the 1st Battalion, 2nd
thew; brother, Jared Rob- Theta Chapter at USC, years of high school when Marines as a Navy Corps-
ert Paul Stover; mother, Ritual Adviser; MyCaroli- I was sent to Fort Jackson man twice in Iraq. My par-
Denise A. Stover; father, na's Veterans Alumni for basic training. Years ents were active duty Air
Joel R. Stover Council, VAC Co-Foun- later, I was lucky to return Force, my brother served in
Education: Doctorate, der and current VP, 2016; to the Palmetto State in the Pennsylvania Army
Counselor Education and Chi Sigma Iota at USC order earn my Ph.D. in National Guard, and my
Supervision, 2016, USC; "Outstanding Doctoral Counselor Education & father-in-law, a Vietnam
M.S.W., Individuals, Fam- Student of the Year", Supervision. Veteran, served in the Navy.
ilies & Groups, 2012, 2015; Penn States Out- The best advice I re- Both of my late grandfa-
Syracuse University; standing Young Alumni, ceived from a mentor: thers served in the military
A.A.S., Intelligence Oper- Schuylkill Award, winner, One of my favorite quotes and my maternal grand-
ations Studies, 2012, 2015; USCS Pin of Lead- is by Isaac Newton, "If I father was in WWII. I cringe
Cochise College; M.Ed., ership, winner, 2015; have seen further, it is by when people wish me a
Teaching & Curriculum, NASW, CNY Division standing on the shoulders "Happy Memorial Day" or
2009, Penn State Uni- MSW Student of the Year of giants." I've had many stores offer Memorial Day
versity; Bachelors in So- Award, 2012. great mentors in my life, discounts to "celebrate" the
ciology, 2007, Penn State I like living in the Mid- but one bit of advice that holiday. In fact, it's offen-
University; Bachelors in lands because: I love the always stood out to me sive to me to take it so light-
History, 2007, Penn State fact that I am surrounded was that if I was the heartedly or use it as a day
University; A.A., Letters, by the best and the smartest person I know, I to make a quick buck. I feel
Arts, and Sciences, 2004, brightest. I feel blessed need to meet more peo- compelled to be a voice for
Penn State University that I can call many of the ple. those who have none. TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

Marquis Solomon
Age: 35 professor, Rowan-Cabar- identity. outcome if we didnt put
Occupation: Deputy fire rus Community College; My life changed when: in great work.
chief, West Columbia Fire Willie Warren Award I finally realized that What is the publics
Department; adjunct pro- Recipient; International most of lifes challenges biggest misperception
fessor, Benedict College Association of Fire can be defeated. Often, it about firefighters?: Of-
Education: Bachelor of Chiefs; Board Member, requires us to venture ten, people believe we sit
Science, Business Manage- 9/11 Silent Walk; S.C. into an area of discom- around the fire station all
ment, Liberty University; Black Pages Top 20 Un- fort; however, God em- day and wait on fires to
Master of Art, Manage- der 40, 2016. powers us to function occur. The modern role
ment and Leadership, I like living in the well above our perceived of a firefighter has
Liberty University; Master Midlands because: After limits. evolved into a multi-
of Public Administration, moving away for a mo- The best advice I re- faceted position. Most of
UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019 ment, I realized how ceived from a mentor: I us are trained as EMTs,
Community and profes- much potential the Mid- was once told as a teen- paramedics, rescue spe-
sional highlights: Exec- lands has and how we ager by one of my men- cialists, hazardous mate-
utive board member, Fi- have a great mix of ur- tors not to let my past rials technicians, and the
nance & Audit Chair, S.C. ban sophistication and define me. Another men- list goes on. If you dial
Firefighters Association; suburban, southern tor always used the old 911, most often you will
past president, Columbia charm. There are very computer programming see a fire truck because
Firefighters Association; few places where you can phrase Garbage in, gar- of the expansive skill set
presenter, S.C. Fire-Res- experience that combina- bage out; he simply told of the modern day fire-
TIM DOMINICK tdominick@thestate.com
cue, 2015; former adjunct tion without losing your us not to expect a great fighter.
SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 11D

Raven Walters Gambrell

Age: 37 ciate with HDR; fitness area over the past 20 years. Your nomination praises
Occupation: Senior project instructor at Jamie Scott On a personal note, the you for having a balanced
engineer for HDR Inc., cur- Fitness; co-managed com- Midlands is home. It has a life. How do you accomplish
rently serving as a project pletion of numerous service small town feel in a more that?: I am always striving to
manager for the Richland projects for various organi- urban environment. The find balance in my life; it is
County Transportation Pen- zations in the Midlands for people are compassionate not an easy task! I find that I
ny Program the Junior League of Colum- and always willing to offer a have to prioritize what is
Family: Husband, Scott; bia; volunteer at Epworth helping hand. I love all that important. In doing this I
daughter, Sally, 8; son, Jake, Childrens Home; active the area has to offer for my have developed a list of
6 member of Shandon United entire family. non-negotiables: faith, fam-
Education: Bachelor of Methodist Church. My life changed when: My ily, friends and physical
Science in Engineering, I like living in the Mid- life changed when I moved fitness. In addition to my
University of South Car- lands because: I am very to Columbia to attend col- career, I ensure I make time
olina; Master of Science in fortunate to spend each day lege. My eyes were opened for each of these aspects.
Engineering, University of focused on improving the to new opportunities and When these areas of my life
South Carolina transportation network in adventures. I developed a are fulfilled, I am able to
Community and profes- Richland County. I get the deep love for the area and focus more deeply while at
sional highlights: Registered opportunity to interact with the people. I met lifelong work as well as on other
Professional Engineer in numerous organizations, friends and, most important- work-related or community
South Carolina and Georgia; government officials and ly, my husband. I have con- service activities. When
2012 ACEC Future Leaders citizens. I am inspired by tinually felt blessed and so taking on new roles, I
Program graduate; Lead- their love for our region and lucky to have a true partner prayerfully consider the task
ership Columbia class of desire for positive growth. It in this life. and evaluate if I will have
2013 graduate; recently has been remarkable to see The best advice I received the time and energy to add
selected to become an asso- the changes throughout the from a mentor: Add value. value to the role.
TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

One hundred and HDR. A century of pushing the boundaries of whats possible. A legacy of bringing innovative solutions
to every projectno matter the challenge. A future of collaborating and creating the only way we know how. Together.

Congratulations Raven Gambrell, PE, for being named Top 20 Under 40.
You help us build strong communities through your professional project
management and your personal, non-profit outreach. On behalf of HDR
and the Richland Penny program team, were excited to see where youll
take us next!

12D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Akil E. Ross Sr.

Age: 37 band championships in the ties, arts, educational in- D.C., neighborhood. It was
Occupation: Principal of last five years, and Best stitutions, governmental his actions not his words
Chapin High School Student Section in the Na- agencies, parks and recre- that inspired me the most.
Family: Wife, Jocelyn; tion Award from Varsity ation gives life to our great He placed a strong empha-
Alyssa, 7; Akil Jr. "AJ", 3 Brands. The State newspa- state. sis on working hard and
Education: Bachelor in per named me one of the My life changed when: I taking pride in your work.
Political Science, Minor in "Most Influential People in became a parent. My under- How do Chapin High
History and Education from the Town of Chapin." As a standing of the vision and School students benefit by
Duke University; Masters in result of the overall success goals a parent has for their being involved in the com-
Educational Leadership of Chapin High School, I child became personal. I munity?:
from USC; Educational Spe- was named the 2017 South empathize with a parent Chapin High School has
cialist Degree from S.C. Carolina Association of struggling with their childs developed a spirit of giving
State University; and Doctor School Administrators Sec- poor performance in school and community service.
of Education Degree from ondary Principal of the Year. and I try to ease their emo- Throughout the year, stu-
USC. I like living in the Mid- tional concerns before ad- dent groups give thousands
Community and profes- lands because: The Mid- dressing their academic of hours of time to worthy
sional highlights: I am proud lands are the "heartbeat" of concerns. causes. They collect thou-
to serve as the principal of a South Carolina. The Chapin The best advice I received sands of dollars and in-
school that is nationally High School students use from a mentor: My grand- kind donations that truly
recognized for academics the term "heartbeat" to father, Edward Wilson, was make a difference. When
and school spirit. The school represent the collective my role model and mentor. students are given an op-
has earned numerous hon- spirit that gives life to the As a sharecropper with a portunity to serve, they
ors, including the Palmettos school. As it is with the Mid- sixth-grade education, his become totally invested in
Finest Award, Athletic Pro- lands, the collection of di- hard work and sacrifice improving the welfare of
gram of the Year by The verse backgrounds, busi- allowed him to own a home the community and all its
State newspaper, three state nesses, economic opportuni- in a prestigious Washington, residents. TIM DOMINICK tdominick@thestate.com

Michael H. Weaver
Age: 39 managing shareholder of me. Although at the time I Why do you volunteer with
Occupation: Attorney McNair Law Firms Columbia did not realize she had never the United Way?: Notwith-
Family: Wife, Heather; office. even heard of the country standing all of the good
sons, Brayden and Brooks I like living in the Midlands music duo, we danced to- things that are happening and
Education: Bachelor of because: In addition to all of gether at that concert and will continue to happen in the
Science in Business Adminis- the great schools, culture, have been dancing through Midlands, some of our citi-
tration from the University of sports and outdoor adven- life together ever since. The zens struggle to make ends
North Carolina at Chapel tures that are here to enjoy, I second one was in 2005 meet. There are children in
Hill; Juris Doctorate from the love living in the Midlands when my wife told me I was our community who slept in a
University of South Carolina because it is and remains going to be a dad. I am car last night because they
School of Law undeniably Southern. We blessed to now be the father have no home to go to. There
Community and profes- take the time to get to know of two boys. The third life- are adults working two and
sional highlights: Columbia our neighbors by name and changing event for me was sometimes three part-time
Chamber of Commerce treat strangers as if we did when my mother passed jobs trying to make ends meet
board; Midlands Business not know the meaning of the away in 2009. Her passing but never get ahead. These
Leadership Group board; term. has been and continues to be are just some of the challeng-
South Carolina Bankruptcy My life changed when: Like a constant reminder to thank es that people in the Midlands
Law Association board; Unit- each of us, there have been God for each day that I have encounter every day.
ed Way of the Midlands Cer- several events in my life that, on this Earth and to make I am not able to respond
tification Committee chair; looking back, I could describe the very most of it. directly or help each person
Lexington County Republican as life-changing. The first one The best advice I received in need in our community but
Party executive committee- occurred in 1995 when I was from a mentor: If a judge I volunteer and contribute to
man; Leadership Columbia 17 years old and asked a cute rules in your favor, leave the the United Way of the Mid-
2011; Leadership South Car- neighbor and high school courtroom. Things can only lands because I believe it is in
olina 2017; St. Stephens classmate if she would go to a get worse if you stick the best position to help those
TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com Lutheran Church member; Brooks & Dunn concert with around! who need it the most.
SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 13D

Micah Kurtz
Occupation: Director of Award. Kurtz created realized the potential chase your dreams; do all
strength and conditioning Falcon Family Bootcamps impact my position can these things at the same
Family: Father, Richard; and Future Athlete Speed have on young people. time!" -Lucas Kurtz
mother, Jocelyn; sister, & Strength Camps, which Billy Graham said, "One "No one cares how
Lydia; brothers, Lucas and have created a schoolwide coach will impact more much you know until they
Bryan. culture of vitality and people in a year than most know how much you
Education: Bachelors of fitness that includes not do in a lifetime." When I care." -Bryan Meagher
Science, the State Uni- only students, but also the grasped the magnitude of How crucial is physical
versity of New York at faculty, staff, parents and this quote, I became a fitness for high school
Cortland; Masters of community. In 2016, much better coach for my students?:
Science, USC. Kurtz was named the students and athletes. I Strength, conditioning,
Community and profes- National Strength and want to have a 100 per- fitness and life-long
sional highlights: A.C. Conditioning Associ- cent positive impact on health is becoming more
Flora High School has won ations National Coach of my students and everyone and more important in
12 state championships in the Year and was also I come into contact with in everyday life and should
the last six years. A.C. named the South Carolina the school and communi- be a focal point of empha-
Flora athletes have won 15 Strength and Conditioning ty. I emphatically believe sis in all of our schools.
individual state champion- Coach of the Year in both that high school strength There is absolutely no
ships including eight in- 2013 and 2014. coaches have the potential reason that a child should
dividual state speed and I like living in the Mid- to make the biggest im- graduate high school
strength meet titles in the lands because: The people pact on their students and without having knowledge
last four years. A.C Flora and the community! The athletes. of how to perform funda-
has been awarded the A.C. Flora community has The best advice I re- mental movement pat-
NSCA Strength of Amer- become like a second ceived from a mentor: terns and an understand- TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

ica Award and the Lets family to me. "Never be satisfied but ing of different fitness of physical fitness and the essential to their ability to
Move Active Schools Na- My life changed when: appreciate what you have; programs. Arming stu- tools to be physically fit is thrive in life both physical-
tional Healthy School My life changed when I live in the moment but dents with an appreciation more than crucial, it is ly and mentally.

Always raising the bar.

Congrats to Micah Kurtz, AC Flora High Schools strength and
conditioning coach, for The States 20 Under 40 honor!
2016 National High School Strength &
Conditioning Coach of the Year
2013 & 2014 SC Athletic Coaches Association
Congratulations State Strength Coach of the Year
Developed first-ever athletic performance and
to Chapin High strength program for AC Flora, which has won
12 team and 15 individual state championships in
Schools Dr. Ross past 5 years
for this special Chair of Floras Healthier Alliance Team which
received 2016 NSCA Strength of America award
recognition! Coach of Iron Falcons strength team which
has won 8 state championships since 2012
Consultant to 9-time national champ Oak Hill
Academy basketball team; active presenter at
US and international strength/fitness events
Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist,
National Assoc of Speed & Explosion
certification, national board certified teacher
TOMORROW S CHALLENGES AC Flora Athletic Booster Club
1 Falcon Drive Columbia SC 29204
14D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Chappell Suber Wilson

Age: 40 I like living in the Mid- but also an amazing privi- When I can reflect on my
Occupation: Assistant lands because: I enjoy lege to raise children, and day and find a sense of
dean, USC Honors College living in the Midlands I want to be there for as purpose in at least one
Family: Husband, Marty, because its the perfect much of it as possible. Yet thing I have accomplished,
and two children size and in the perfect I found my job to be both I feel satisfied.
Education: BA and MBA geographic location. Deli- meaningful and rewarding. Why do you volunteer
from USC cious restaurants, rich Thankfully I was able to so much of your time at
Community and profes- history, pristine natural continue my career by Rosewood Elementary
sional highlights: Raised areas, exciting sports, and working part-time for over School?: My community
more than $30 million for captivating arts are all eight years, which enabled and professional experi-
academic initiatives at within a 15-minute drive. me to spend quality time ences have all focused on
USC; established the fund- There is always something with my young children. two things that matter the
raising program for USC fun to do here! Columbia The best advice I re- most to me: children and
Honors College; Lead- is large enough to offer ceived from a mentor: Ive education. I believe in-
ership Columbia Class of many of the opportunities had the good fortune of vesting in these two areas
2004; President, USC Phi of a big city, but still small learning from several ter- has the greatest potential
Beta Kappa Executive enough that you are likely rific mentors, professional- for creating a better fu-
Committee; volunteer, to see a familiar face wher- ly and personally. As hard ture, individually and
Rosewood Elementary ever you go. And I know as it is, Ill pick one: Do collectively. It was this
School; Sunday School its clich, but I love that something meaningful interest that compelled me
teacher, Shandon United you can be at the beach or each day. This might be to volunteer at Rosewood
Methodist Church; mem- the mountains in just a contributing to a work Elementary School long
ber, Rosewood Education- couple of hours. project, making dinner for before I had children of
al Foundation Board; My life changed when: someone in need, helping my own. Now that my own
member, Childrens My life changed when I a student, volunteering in children attend Rosewood,
Hospital Board of Direc- became a mother. It is not the community, or spend- volunteering there is even
TIM DOMINICK tdominick@thestate.com
tors only a huge responsibility, ing time with your family. more meaningful and fun.

Tanya T. Wilson
Age: 39 Alpha Kappa Alphas chair for the S.C. Speech say I didnt complete
Occupation: Speech- Omega Gamma Omega Hearing Language Associ- what I started because I
language pathologist; chapter. ation; member Kappa was tired? God trusted
adjunct clinical supervisor Owner of Play on Delta Pi International me with this precious gift
Family: Son, Tyreek Words, LLC; appointed by Honor Society National so I must do everything in
Education: Doctorate Governor Nikki Haley to Membership Committee my power to ensure he has
degree in Speech Patholo- the S.C. Board of Exam- I like living in the Mid- everything he needs to be
gy from Nova Southeast- iners in Speech Pathology lands because: It offers a the best he can be.
ern University; Bachelors and Audiology for the big city feel without the The best advice I re-
and Masters degrees in Labor, Licensing, and big city price tag. ceived from a mentor: If
Speech Pathology from Regulation Board; vice My life changed when: she can do it, why cant
South Carolina State Uni- chairperson of S.C. Board God blessed me with the you? If he can do it, why
versity of Examiners in Speech ultimate gift, my son. As cant you?
Community and profes- Pathology and Audiology Tyreeks mother, I under- What are the rewards of
sional highlights: Sign for the Labor, Licensing, stand firsthand what working with special
Language Interpreter at and Regulation Board; Gods grace and favor can needs children?: I receive
Bible Way Church of member of Phi Gamma do in your life. Hes my a sense of fulfillment each
Atlas Road; volunteer Sigma International Pro- motivation, my heartbeat, time I provide therapy.
with Teenage Pregnancy fessional Honor Society and that ray of sunshine Will this be the day he
Support Ministry at Bible and Kappa Delta Pi In- on the dark days that speaks for the first time?
Way Church of Atlas ternational Honor Society. sometimes cloud my life. Will this be the day she
Road; member of Clem- Previous positons: Vice Ty has given me confi- pronounces her name TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com
son Universitys Parent president of education and dence and the strength to correctly so her classmates
Council; wish granter with information, In Touch; do things I never would dont tease her for the way mother because of what I childs life and supporting
Make-A-Wish Founda- editor, convention co- have otherwise done. How she speaks? Will this child contribute? Having the the accomplishment of a
tion; charter member of chair and silent auction can I look at my son and say I love you to his opportunity to impact a goal is priceless.
SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017 THE STATE ..................................................................................................... 15D

Kayla Hildreth Gupton

Age: 28 Community Relations site after all that I want to achieve catching the travel bug, I
Occupation: Marketing man- leader; Palmetto Health Foun- professionally, in the commu- eventually understood. Trav-
ager, Colonial Life dation ViA (Volunteer in Ac- nity and personally; challenges eling pushed me out of my
Family: Husband, Scott tion); member American Mar- me to continually grow; and comfort zone, helped me un-
Education: Bachelor of arts keting Association always helps me find the posi- derstand that different isnt
in Journalism and Mass Com- I like living in the Midlands tive in any situation. always bad, and helped build
munications; Master of Mass because: I like living in Colum- The best advice I received my self-confidence all lessons
Communication University of bia because it is the wonderful from a mentor: The world is Ive carried with me and ap-
South Carolina blend of foundation and so much bigger than your plied to many areas of my life.
Community and professional change for me. I have great world. My grandparents I wouldnt be who I am today
highlights: Leadership Colum- memories from growing up (known as Oma and Opa to without these words and their
bia class of 2017; Junior League here, and I also love our strong most) said this to me at the unwavering support and love.
of Columbia, Provisional Ad- community and its dedication ripe age of 11 when I had the Why is it important for you
visory Committee Co-Chair, to helping Columbia holistical- opportunity to travel with a to give back to the communi-
Membership Council member; ly grow. And, of course, I love student ambassador group to ty?: Volunteering is important
Colonial Life volunteer with cheering on our Gamecocks! Australia for the first time. to me because of the enormous
Habitat for Humanity, Home My life changed when: My While sending an 11-year-old impact it can have. Regardless
Works, Harvest Hope Food life changed when I married across the world essentially of whether you give an hour or
Bank, United Way of the Mid- my husband, Scott. He is one by herself would be scary/ an entire weekend, giving your
lands campaign core team of the most selfless people I crazy to most, they were my time to help others is some-
member, American Heart As- know, and he constantly sacri- biggest supporters. I didnt thing that anyone can do to
sociation Heart Walk Cam- fices his time and schedule to really understand what they strengthen our community
paign core team member; support me in any way that he meant at the time, but after today and for future gener-
former Young Professionals can. He encourages me to go going on that first trip and ations to come.

Congratulations Kayla!
Congratulations to all
For being recognized as
the 20 under 40!
one of the Midlands top 20
young professionals for 2017.

We salute your positive

attitude, professionalism
and commitment to our
Leadership. Scholarship. Service.
SINCE 1978



Kayla Gupton, Marketing Manager
2016 Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Columbia, SC | Colonial Life insurance products are underwritten
by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, for which Colonial Life is the marketing brand. 3-16 | NS-15047
16D ...........................................................................................................THE STATE SUNDAY MARCH 19 2017

Ralph Montague Laffitte III

Age: 39 Richland/Lexington Alum- their school and are in- ance is one of the best
Occupation: Regional ni Association, Vital Con- volved in many organized pieces of advices I have
president for South State nections, and the Providen- activities that keep them received.
Bank. ce Hospital Development engaged in our community. How were you able to
Family: Wife, Lauren Bell Foundation Board. Current My life changed when: become executive vice
Laffitte; three children board member of the Pal- My life changed when my president at South State
Monty, 9; McNeill, 7, and metto Baseball League and wife Lauren agreed to mar- Bank at a young age?:
Bell, 2. the Ray Tanner Foundation ry me. She has been a won- Over the past fourteen
Education: Wofford Col- Board. In 2015, named derful friend and wife. She plus years, our company
lege 2000; University of Outstanding Young Banker is incredibly supportive of has seen tremendous
South Carolina Moore by the South Carolina Bank- me and my career. Shortly growth. During this time,
School of Business MBA ers Association. after we married, we were I have been incredibly
2002 I like living in the Mid- blessed to be able to start a lucky to work for and
Community and profes- lands because: Many peo- family and we now have with a really great group
sional highlights: 2006 ple like Columbia because it three children. of people. Our team has
graduate of South Carolina is located in the central part The best advice I re- collectively accomplished
Bankers School; 2007 grad- of the state and you can get ceived from a mentor: I was a lot and our company
uate of Leadership Colum- to the mountains or the very fortunate to grow up in has a history of investing
bia; former chairman of the beach quickly. We like a home with two very lov- in its people and promot-
South Carolina Bankers Columbia for what it is a ing and supportive parents. ing from within. This
Association Young Bankers great city. We enjoy being They encouraged and ex- personal development
Board; former chairman of active in our church and in pected us to work hard, be and the successful and
Shandon United Methodist our schools. We live in a honest, dependable, and strategic growth of the
Church Church Council; great neighborhood and fair, but also have fun. company has created
previously served as a have wonderful friends in Strong values and maintain- opportunities for me to
board member of the USC Columbia. Our kids love ing a work family life bal- grow professionally. TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thestate.com

Great Banking starts with

Great Bankers.
Congratulations to Montague Laffitte, one of
The States 20 Under 40 winners.
We are honored to have you as part
of the South State team.

Montague Laffitte, Central Regional President

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